Surf title to Kauai's Manuel
Malia Manuel, a 14-year-old from Wailua, Kauai, defeated Coco Ho in an all-Hawaii final to win the Women's U.S. Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach, Calif., yesterday.
Manuel, a wild-card entry, is the youngest champion in the event's history. She defeated 17-year-old Ho, who is from the North Shore, 14.34 to 7.90.
"I'm so stoked right now," Manuel is quoted as saying on the Association of Surfing Professionals Web site. "To get to surf against some of my heroes and to be in the final with my friend Coco is just something I would have never dreamed of."
Stanley helps US upset No. 1 Brazil
Led by former Hawaii player Clay Stanley's 11 kills, the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team assured itself its best FIVB World League finish ever when it swept host and world No. 1 Brazil 25-23, 25-22, 27-25 yesterday in front of 11,615 fans on at Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro.
Team USA will face a rematch with Serbia in today's gold medal contest. Serbia defeated Russia 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 in yesterday's other semifinal.
Tuioti headlines QB Club luncheon
New University of Hawaii director of football personnel Tony Tuioti, West Oahu Rookies coach Terry Derby Jr. and former Rainbow Warriors basketball player Matt Gibson are the featured guests at tomorrow's weekly Quarterback Club luncheon at the Pagoda Hotel's international ballroom.
Tuioti will assist the coaching staff in the recruitment and evaluation of players. Derby will discuss how his West Oahu Rookies won the national title in the 16-year-old division of the United States Baseball Association Federation Fourth of July Classic in San Diego. Gibson will discuss his recent basketball trip to Venezuela.
The lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with the program starting at noon. The general public is welcome.
More medals for judokas at JOs
Hawaii judokas won another eight medals as the USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships continued in Kissimmee, Fla.
In an all-Honolulu final, Teshya Alo defeated Nicole Taniguchi for the Female IJF-Junior 44kg title. Also, sisters Chrissy and Mindy Chow finished second and third, respectively, at 52kg.
Also earning a silver was Taylor Ibera, who moved up a weight class to 48kg, and was pinned by Katelyn Bouyssou in the final.
Earning bronze medals were Chad Taniguchi (junior 73kg), Brayden Bell (bantam 21kg) and Braun Castro (bantam 23kg).
Clapp sixth at Junior Olympics track
Sarah Clapp, a Kaiser High sophomore, finished sixth yesterday in the intermediate girls (ages 15-16) 3,000 meters event at the Junior Olympics in Omaha, Neb.
The Hawaii Kai resident was timed in 10 minutes, 36.42 seconds. Clapp, the daughter of University of Hawaii Associate Athletic Director Carl Clapp, won the same event at the May state high school meet.
Hawaii players shine at High Performance
The USA Junior White team, behind the setting of Cheyenne Keanini of Kailua, defeated the USA Youth Red team 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-20 to win the Women's International Division title yesterday as the USA Volleyball High Performance Volleyball Championships concluded yesterday in Tucson, Ariz.
Keanini was named best setter. Libero Sarah Palmer, also from Kailua, was named best digger in playing for the silver medalists.
Libero Jordan Meredith from Honolulu was named best passer in helping the USA Junior Red to the bronze medal. Also on the Red team was libero Maile Scarpino of Kailua.
Libero Chelsey Keoho of Kailua helped USA Select Red to a silver medal in the girls international youth division. USA Select White, with Honolulu's Ashlee Asada at libero, finished fourth.
In the Boys International Youth Division, USA Youth White swept Aloha Region A 25-16, 25-12, 25-21 for the gold medal. Honolulu's Taylor Crabb, playing for White, was named the MVP. Also on the gold medal team from Hawaii were libero Scott Sakaida and hitter Tyler Tanaka.
USA Youth Gold, which lost to Aloha Region A in the semifinals, came back to win the bronze medal match with a 25-16, 20-25, 25-15, 25-18 victory over Puerto Rico. On the gold team from Hawaii were Clayton Morante of Keaau and Christian Kahookaulana from Pahoa.